Metabolic Devices Intros Moonwalker Phase-Variable Attack/Decay Generator & Papomi

Metabolic Devices has introduced two new modules for Eurorack systems, Moonwalker & Papomi.

Moonwalker is a new 10hp Eurorack format analog attack / decay generator that operates as an envelope, LFO, or audio oscillator, all with 360° continuously variable phase offset.

A 2nd waveform output acts as a reference, so shifting signals in and out of sync with each other easy. The phase offset modes either preserve the range of modulation or bias the output so it always starts from 0, inverting your envelopes or LFO’s without changing their amplitude like normal attenuverters.

The trigger input ignores or responds to retriggers (hard sync), and reactively adapts to frequency range and cycle states. Manual trigger and swap / alternate buttons keep things playful, and half-normalled feedback to the phase offset attenuverter skews the waveform from saw to triangle to ramp without changing the frequency.

Erik Dower, designer of Moonwalker says “One of the most exciting things about Moonwalker, is that you can perform filter sweeps or other modulations without your envelope ever disappearing or going out of range”.

Many function generators have separate attack and decay controls but Moonwalker’s phase offset parameter brings constant modulation transforms so fluid, you will think you’ve been hit by a smooth criminal.

Also new from Metabolic is the Papomi, a panner polarizer mixer module.

Papomi is a new 8hp Eurorack format dc coupled mixer and panner / polarizer from Metabolic Devices that facilitates exploration of feedback structures such as karplus strong. The dc coupled mixer offers a unity gain input, 2 inputs with attenuverters and a dc offset control with electronic detent for easy nulling. The mixer output is half-normalled to the input of a simultaneous panner and polarizer with cv and attenuversion.

“While there are some nice utility mixers on the market, none of them strike the right balance of features for feedback warriors,” says designer Erik Dower. “Papomi has multiple output points that ease setting up feedback networks, a mixer to sum the returns, and voltage controlled routing / amplification to help turn constant drones into expressive note events.”

Pricing and Availability:

Metabolic Devices’ Moonwalker module costs €368, and Papomi is €150. Both new modules are available now.

ADDAC Stand Lets You Customize The Ergonomics Of Your Modular Synthesizer

ADDAC System has introduced Stand, described as ‘a simple but intelligent solution for securely mounting Eurorack frames and other compatible musical hardware.’

The ADDAC Stand is designed to let you control the ergonomics of your system, letting you adjust the angle of your modular synth between 7° and 70° with the turn of a wing nut.

The Stand can be used to customize the angle of your system.

Each ADDAC Stand is comprised of two pairs each, with four pieces each: the main resting piece and three interchangeable pieces that can be swapped for different angle ranges. These interchangeable pieces slide onto the main resting piece, so you can achieve your desired case / equipment angle.

Note: ADDAC suggests letting them know the model and brand of your case or other gear when ordering, so that they can try to ensure compatibility. They say that, if your frame has protruding feet at the bottom, the stand may not work for part of the specified angle range, since at some angles the feet may come into contact with the table.

Pricing and Availability

The ADDAC Stand is sold as a pair and will be shipping in mid-November for €70. See the ADDAC System site for details.

An Introduction To Generative Patching With Modular Synthesizers

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In this video, Eurorack synth designer Eric Schlappi (Schlappi Engineering) takes a look at generative patching techniques for modular synthesizers.

The video was originally created as part of Portland Community College’s Music & Sonic Arts program in Spring 2020.

In the video, Schlappi diswcusses generative patching techniques, including a patch breakdown of synthesist Todd Barton’s Krell Muzak patch, and a generative patch inspired by Rob Hordijk’s Benjolin.

Schlappi notes that, in the video, he discusses Krell is a reference to Fantastic Planet, but that it is actually a reference to Forbidden Planet and its soundtrack by Bebe and Louis Barron.

U-He CVilization Eurorack Module Offers Mixing, Sequencing, Quad Panning & More

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u-he shared this official intro to their upcoming CVilization Eurorack module.

u-he CVilization is a multi-mode utility module for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

It offers four modes:

  • Mode I: 4 x 4 Matrix Mixer
  • Mode II: 4 x 4 Sequential Switch
  • Mode III: Quad Mucorder
  • Mode IV: Quadraphonic Panner

Topics covered:

00:00 – Intro
00:25 – Inputs & Outputs
00:42 – Control Inputs (Gate, Trigger & CV)
00:51 – Mode Selection
00:59 – Rotary Encoders
01:12 – Encoder Features
01:47 – Performance Page
02:13 – Configuration Pages
02:28 – User Presets
02:43 – Firmware Update
02:55 – Closing Remarks

Details on pricing and availability are to come, but u-he says that it will be available ‘soon’.

Analogue Solutions Colossus Official Demo Videos

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Analogue Solutions shared this series of demo videos for their Colossus modular synthesizer.

The Colossus is a £25K super-synth, inspired by the classic EMS Synthi 100.

Analogue Solutions describes the Colossus as ‘a big, no-compromise synth design,’ adding “It’s not entirely practical, but…impressive physically and in sound.”

Syntaxis Micromodular Debuts Modular Synthesizer Format With ‘Ridiculously Low Price’

Syntaxis Micromodular has introduced  new system for building DIY synthesizers out of ready-made subcircuits.

The circuits are available in the form of micromodules, sharing uniform signal and control voltage standards.

The modules are open source. For now, there are basic modules in production (power, VCO, VCA, ADSR, VCF, LFO).

A key advantage of the platform, according to the developers, is the ‘ridiculously low price’. For example, the uVCO module shown above is priced at about $42 USD.

See the Micromodular site for details.

Is The Korg Monotribe More Than A Toy In 2020?

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Synthesist Mihail Adrian Simion, aka Alba Ecstasy, shared this synth jam, exploring the possibilities of the Korg Monotribe synthesizer.

Simion notes, “Fat sound, vintage drums, LFO, noise, sequencer, battery powered: amazing toy! Or it’s maybe more than a toy?”

Is the Korg Monotribe more than a toy in 2020? Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments!

Technical Details:

Delay: H-Waves, Reverb: Blackhole. No EQing.

Synthesizers.com Q165 Prototype Module Streamlines Moog Format DIY

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Synthesizers.com – the company that has defined the modern standard for Moog format modular synthesizers – has introduced the Q165 Prototype Module, a new MU module that’s designed to give you an easy way to implement custom module designs for Moog format modular synthesizers.

Synthesizers.com Q165 Prototype Module

The Q165 panel features jacks, switches and LEDs. White blocks provide space to write labels using a fine-point ink marker.

The prototype board provides center and side power rails, and enough space for 4-6 integrated circuits. The pad-per-hole array accepts most common thru-hole components and is arranged like a typical proto board and solderless breadboard, but with additional holes on the sides to accept MTA connectors.

A variety of parts are provided in the kit including PCB mounting spacers, MTA connectors for power, jacks and pots, and a variety of common integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, transistors and diodes.

The system assumes that you have the circuit design, parts and skills to create a custom module.

Pricing and Availability

The synthesizers.com Q165 Prototype Module is available to pre-order now, with an intro price of $88 USD.

Modbap Modular Per4mer Effects Processor ‘A Bridge Between Hip-Hop & Eurorack’

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BBoy Tech Report’s Corry Banks has launched a new Eurorack line, Modbap Modular, with the debut of the Per4mer quad performance effects module, a module he says is inspired by beat-maker/DJ performance style.

“Per4mer acts like a bridge between hip-hop and Eurorack,” says Banks. “It brings something fresh to Eurorack.”

“Per4mer will be a great entry point to modular synthesis for the modular-curious beat-maker,” he adds. “Throw it into a small pod and use it as a standalone performance effects unit, or rack it up with other modules to liven things up a bit.”

The basic principle behind Per4mer is that you feed in an audio input and then trigger effects, bringing DJstyle live improvisation to a modular environment. Effects can be triggered simultaneously or individually.

Per4mer features Doppler-style DELAY, REVERB, GLITCH (beat repeat), and TAPE STOP effects, immediately accessible via four translucent mini-arcade buttons. In addition to triggering the effects manually, you can trigger them via four external gate inputs.

Each effect has a set of four effects parameters that can be controlled using the four (FX 1, FX 2, FX 3, and FX 4) rotary knobs or by the four CV (control voltage) inputs.

COMP (compression) with SIDE CHAIN input and COLOR processing effects are also available, along with CLOCK input and TAP tempo options. The external side chain and clock can be connected to interface with other modular and electronic music gear.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

The Modbap Modular Per4mer is available for pre-order for $399 USD.

New Virtual Reality Modular Synthesizer, Synthspace, Coming To Steam In December

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Developer Markus Hofer let us know that Synthspace, a new virtual reality modular synthesizer, is coming to Steam in early December 2020. He also shared the official preview video, embedded above.

Synthspace lets you build and play a Eurorack-style modular synthesizer in virtual reality.

“Synthspace is my attempt to capture the physicality of a modular synthesizer, while adding in all sorts of magical bits that are only possible in a virtual world,” notes Hofer. “VR is the exciting part, but I want to create an instrument that is fun and flexible and ready whenever you need it.”

Pricing and Availability

Hofer says that the app will offer “A room full of synths for the price of a nice lunch,” and expects it to be available in early December 2020. You can Wishlist it on Steam now.